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Monk's Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight -- almost telepathic -- dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre. By the early '60s, bop had become considered passé by artists as well as fans looking for the next musical trend. This is coupled with the fact that discerning Monk fans would have undoubtedly recognized many of these titles from several live recordings issued at the end of his tenure on Riverside. Not to belabor the point, however, but precious few musicians understood the layer upon layer of complexities and challenges that Monk's music created. On tracks such as "Five Spot Blues" and "Bolivar Blues," Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: "Just a Gigolo" and "Body and Soul." Most notable about Monk's solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late '40s. Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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1
Monk's Dream (Take 8)
00:06:25

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - T. Monk, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Body and Soul
00:04:28

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Heyman, Composer - Frank Eyton, Composer - Robert Sour, Composer - Johnny Green, Composer - Teo Macero, Producer

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Bright Mississippi (Take 1)
00:08:36

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Ben Bernie, Composer - Kenneth Casey, Composer - Maceo Pinkard, Composer - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Five Spot Blues (Album Version)
00:03:14

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - T. Monk, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Blue Bolivar Blues (Take 2)
00:07:30

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Just a Gigolo
00:02:27

L. Casucci, Composer, Lyricist - J. Brammer, Composer, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - I. CAESAR, Composer, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Bye-Ya (Album Version)
00:05:22

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - T. Monk, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Sweet And Lovely (Album Version)
00:07:52

Jules Lemare, Composer, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Arnheim, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Harry Tobias, Composer, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Monk's Dream (Take 3)
00:05:14

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - T. Monk, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

(P) 2002 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
Body and Soul (Take 1)
00:05:05

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Heyman, Composer - Frank Eyton, Composer - Robert Sour, Composer - Johnny Green, Composer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

Originally Recorded 1962 & Released 2002. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Bright Mississippi (Take 3)
00:10:19

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Ben Bernie, Composer - Kenneth Casey, Composer - Maceo Pinkard, Composer - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

Originally Recorded 1962 & Released 2002. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Blue Bolivar Blues (Take 1)
00:06:12

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Teo Macero, Producer - John Ore, Bass - Frankie Dunlap, Drums

Originally Recorded 1962 & Released 2002. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Monk's Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight -- almost telepathic -- dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre. By the early '60s, bop had become considered passé by artists as well as fans looking for the next musical trend. This is coupled with the fact that discerning Monk fans would have undoubtedly recognized many of these titles from several live recordings issued at the end of his tenure on Riverside. Not to belabor the point, however, but precious few musicians understood the layer upon layer of complexities and challenges that Monk's music created. On tracks such as "Five Spot Blues" and "Bolivar Blues," Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: "Just a Gigolo" and "Body and Soul." Most notable about Monk's solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late '40s. Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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